A promising future: riverside women are gaining more and more autonomy and quality of life in the Middle Juruá

The sustainable management of wild Pirarucu, essential for the maintenance of the environment and for riverside communities, is divided into several stages. One of them is planning and evaluation, one of the most important decision-making spheres in the process that, for some time, had predominantly male participation. But this reality is changing.

Riverside women have always participated in all productive activities in the territory and have been present in subsistence and commercial fishing. However, the remuneration for their efforts only came after the communities were organized to manage the pirarucu. Now, fostering development and supporting autonomy are transforming this perspective.

An action by the Juruá Institute in partnership with the Association of Agroextractivist Residents of Baixo Médio Juruá (AMAB), supported female participation in a new stage of management. The initiative aimed at training riverside women in counting how to handle arapaima and empowering women so that they can participate in more stages of the process.

The workshop took place in September and had the participation of 36 women. In three days of activities, the students participated in a theoretical immersion in the counting process, to clarify doubts and put into practice the methodology learned, which is essential to guarantee the sustainability of the management. know more here.

Incentive to financial autonomy

Female participation in the Middle Juruá Territory Program (PTMJ), coordinated by Sitawi, is not limited to managing arapaima. In addition to being involved in all production chains in the territory and playing a key role in household management and community engagement, the riverside communities also have their own business initiatives. For example, working with artisanal soap making, extraction of vegetable oils, production of handicrafts and many other activities.

These women also carry with them memories and transfer cultural knowledge to future generations, ensuring social cohesion and food security in the territory. With financial return for their work and recognition of their efforts, riverside women already feel the improvement in well-being and gain even more strength to govern their own lives.

The PTMJ supports women's associations in the territory, their development, interests and work perspectives and respects the autonomy of these women in the use of resources. Thus, this very fruitful and promising movement, led by the female powerhouses of the region, can continue to gain strength so that more and more riverside women have a chance and a voice.

About the PTMJ

The PTMJ is coordinated by Sitawi and has USAID, Natura and the Plataforma Parceiros pela Amazônia (PPA) as strategic partners. The Bioversity/CIAT Alliance participates as an institutional partner and the program also has the support of ICMBio, State Secretariat for the Environment (SEMA) and OPAN.

Do you want to know how this and other PTMJ activities have transformed the lives of the local population and encouraged the conservation of biodiversity? Check out the report with the results of the first year of the second phase of the program.

Download here.

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